Bill Text For SB0154 - Proposed Committee Substitute

 1|                          STATE OF OKLAHOMA                            |
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 2|             1st Session of the 57th Legislature (2019)                |
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 3|COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                                                   |
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 4|SENATE BILL 154                      By: Simpson                       |
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 7|                        COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                           |
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 8|       An Act relating to education; creating the Language             |
  |       Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) Task            |
 9|       Force until certain date; providing purpose;                    |
  |       providing for appointment of members; naming cochairs           |
10|       of the task force; requiring appointments to be made            |
  |       by certain date; requiring an organizational meeting            |
11|       by certain date; requiring a quorum to approve                  |
  |       certain actions; specifying quorum; prohibiting                 |
12|       members from receiving compensation or travel                   |
  |       reimbursement; subjecting the task force to certain             |
13|       act; providing for staff support; establishing duties           |
  |       of the task force; requiring submission of certain              |
14|       report by certain date; providing for codification;             |
  |       providing an effective date; and declaring an                   |
15|       emergency.                                                      |
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18|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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19|    SECTION 1.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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20|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 13-117 of Title 70, unless there   |
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21|is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:               |
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22|    A.  There is hereby created until December 31, 2020, the           |
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23|Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) Task Force    |
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24|to develop a resource for parents to monitor and track deaf or hard    |
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 1|of hearing children's expressive and receptive language acquisition    |
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 2|using American Sign Language, English or both, and developmental       |
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 3|stages toward English literacy and developing a framework for          |
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 4|assessing children who are deaf or hard of hearing to determine        |
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 5|their competencies in language and literacy skills for the purpose     |
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 6|of ensuring they have the opportunity to achieve kindergarten          |
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 7|readiness in an equitable manner.                                      |
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 8|    B.  The task force shall be comprised of seventeen (17) members    |
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 9|to be appointed as follows:                                            |
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10|    1.  A parent or legal guardian of a child who is deaf or hard of   |
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11|hearing and proficient in American Sign Language and English           |
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12|appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;                  |
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13|    2.  A parent or legal guardian of a child who is deaf or hard of   |
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14|hearing and uses only spoken English appointed by the Speaker of the   |
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15|House of Representatives;                                              |
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16|    3.  A teacher of children who are deaf or hard of hearing whose    |
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17|expertise is in curriculum and instruction in American Sign Language   |
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18|and English appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;      |
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19|    4.  A teacher of children who are deaf or hard of hearing whose    |
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20|expertise is in curriculum and instruction in English appointed by     |
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21|the Speaker of the House of Representatives;                           |
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22|    5.  An early intervention specialist who works with infants and    |
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23|toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing using American Sign           |
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 1|Language and spoken English appointed by the President Pro Tempore     |
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 2|of the Senate;                                                         |
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 3|    6.  An administrator of an early intervention program for          |
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 4|children who are deaf or hard of hearing appointed by the Speaker of   |
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 5|the House of Representatives;                                          |
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 6|    7.  A parent of a child using a cochlear implant appointed by      |
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 7|the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;                               |
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 8|    8.  A speech-language pathologist with experience working with     |
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 9|children who are deaf or hard of hearing on the development of         |
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10|spoken English, with or without the use of visual supplements          |
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11|appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;              |
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12|    9.  A school psychologist with experience working with students    |
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13|who are deaf or hard of hearing and with knowledge in conducting and   |
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14|interpreting cognitive assessments for such students appointed by      |
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15|the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;                               |
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16|    10.  A licensed or certified mental health professional who        |
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17|works with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their          |
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18|families appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;     |
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19|    11.  An adult who is deaf or hard of hearing and is proficient     |
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20|in American Sign Language and English appointed by the President Pro   |
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21|Tempore of the Senate;                                                 |
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22|    12.  An adult who is deaf or hard of hearing who uses spoken       |
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23|English without visual supplements appointed by the Speaker of the     |
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24|House of Representatives;                                              |
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 1|    13.  One member of the House of Representatives appointed by the   |
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 2|Speaker of the House of Representatives;                               |
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 3|    14.  One member of the Senate appointed by the President Pro       |
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 4|Tempore of the Senate;                                                 |
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 5|    15.  The director of the Department of Rehabilitation Services     |
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 6|or his or her designee;                                                |
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 7|    16.  The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or      |
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 8|her designee;                                                          |
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 9|    17.  The superintendent of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf or     |
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10|his or her designee.                                                   |
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11|    C.  The cochairs of the task force shall be the State              |
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12|Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee and the    |
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13|director of the Department of Rehabilitation Services or his or her    |
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14|designee.                                                              |
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15|    D.  Appointments to the task force shall be made within thirty     |
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16|(30) days after the effective date of this act.  The task force        |
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17|shall conduct an organizational meeting no later than August 31,       |
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18|2019.                                                                  |
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19|    E.  A quorum of the task force shall be required to approve any    |
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20|final action of the task force.  For purposes of this section, nine    |
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21|members shall constitute a quorum.                                     |
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22|    F.  Members of the task force shall receive no compensation or     |
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23|travel reimbursement.                                                  |
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 1|    G.  The meetings of the task force shall be subject to the         |
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 2|Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.                                             |
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 3|    H.  The State Department of Education and the Department of        |
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 4|Rehabilitation Services shall provide staff support to the task        |
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 5|force.                                                                 |
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 6|    I.  The task force shall study and make recommendations            |
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 7|regarding the development of a framework for assessing children who    |
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 8|are deaf or hard of hearing and selecting language developmental       |
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 9|milestones from existing standardized norms.  The framework shall      |
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10|consider children with congenital or acquired hearing loss,            |
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11|unilateral and bilateral hearing loss, all degrees of hearing loss     |
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12|from minimal to profound and all types of hearing loss.  When          |
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13|conducting analysis and making recommendations, the task force shall   |
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14|be impartial with regard to language and modalities to teach           |
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15|children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The task force shall:       |
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16|    1.  Review and make recommendations regarding existing tools or    |
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17|assessments for educators to use to assess the language and literacy   |
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18|development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The tools    |
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19|or assessments shall be:                                               |
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20|         a.    standardized, norm-referenced and validated,            |
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21|         b.    able to track such children's expressive and            |
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22|              receptive language and cognitive abilities compared to   |
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23|              peers who are not deaf or hard of hearing, and           |
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 1|         c.    able to be used to establish or modify a child's        |
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 2|              individualized education program (IEP) developed in      |
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 3|              accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities        |
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 4|              Education Act (IDEA) or an individual Family Service     |
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 5|              Plan developed through the SoonerStart program;          |
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 6|    2.  Determine how often the tools or assessments reviewed          |
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 7|pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection should be used for          |
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 8|children from birth to age five (5);                                   |
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 9|    3.  Identify language development milestones for children who      |
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10|are deaf or hard of hearing by consulting with professionals trained   |
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11|in the language development and education of such children.  The       |
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12|milestones shall be all of the following:                              |
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13|         a.    a resource for use by parents and educators to          |
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14|              monitor and track such children's expressive and         |
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15|              receptive language acquisition,                          |
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16|         b.    able to be used to ensure that such children meet       |
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17|              developmental milestones toward English literacy, and    |
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18|         c.    evaluated by the use of existing formalized,            |
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19|              evidence-based assessments;                              |
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20|    4.  Identify procedures and methods for reporting language         |
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21|acquisition, assessment results, milestones, assessment tools used     |
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22|and progress of such children to parents or legal guardians,           |
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23|teachers and other professionals involved in their early               |
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24|intervention and education; and                                        |
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 1|    5.  Make recommendations relative to ensuring that state law and   |
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 2|state and local policies are adequately addressing the language        |
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 3|developmental needs of such children.                                  |
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 4|    J.  The task force shall submit a report of its findings and       |
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 5|recommendations by December 31, 2020, to the Governor, the President   |
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 6|Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of                 |
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 7|Representatives, the chairs of the education committees of the         |
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 8|Senate and House of Representatives and the chairs of the health       |
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 9|committees of the Senate and House of Representatives.                 |
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10|    SECTION 2.  This act shall become effective July 1, 2019.          |
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11|    SECTION 3.  It being immediately necessary for the preservation    |
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12|of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby          |
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13|declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and    |
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14|be in full force from and after its passage and approval.              |
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16|    57-1-1886      EB        2/15/2019 12:14:50 PM                     |
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